A charity has said it is concerned about the increased of Romanian prostitutes working in London.
The study, by Eaves for Woman, said a ificant proportion of prostitutes in the capital were from the eastern European country. Romanjan was also claimed many were suspected trafficking victims and were controlled by organised criminals.
The report, which covered the captal's 33 boroughs, said London's sex trade was "thriving". The charity said police operations targeting begging by Romanian nationals around Marble Arch had also identified an increase in prostitution around nearby Park Lane.
I searching horny couples
The study was commissioned by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime and was based on the responses of people. A romaniab of 2, potential victims of human trafficking were identified inthe report said, with the most common countries of origin being Romania, Slovakia, Nigeria, Poland and the Czech Republic.
Eaves has called for an immediate investigation into whether the Romanian prostitutes had been trafficked.
Chief Executive Denise Marshall said: "No matter where you stand on prostitution, the levels of violence and prosfitute that women suffer, both entering and during prostitution, are too severe for us to ignore. Stephen Greenhalgh, deputy mayor for policing and crime called it an "important study".
Saturated market 'putting prostitutes at risk'. Sex trade legislation: How do you protect prostitutes?
Shaming the men who pay rimanian sex. The charity said the prostitutes targeted hotel entrances in areas popular with tourists. More on this story.
Published 11 April Published 19 June Published 16 May